The IDF, or, Israel Defense Forces, is the national military force of the State of Israel, consisting of ground, air, and navy forces. The force is currently led by Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot. The IDF was officially formed in May 1948 after the establishment of the Jewish state, by then prime minister David Ben-Gurion, incorporating the military groups Haganah, Irgun, and Lehi, which existed in Israel pre-formation of the state. Conscription to the force is mandatory for all Israeli citizens, male and female, who have reached the age of 18. The army has engaged in multiple wars since its establishment, amongst them, the War of Independence, the Sinai War, the Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War, and the two Lebanon Wars. It has also engaged in a multitude of operations, amongst them, Operation Cast Lead, Pillar of Defense, and most recently, Protective Edge.

ISRAELI SOLDIERS patrol in Hebron, June 2020
New aid package geared towards discharged lone soldiers announced

Though the grant amounts to NIS 4,500, the Defense Ministry says rental assistance for discharged lone soldiers.

IDF refutes claims it halted medical supplies to Gaza amid COVID-19 rise

Hamas on Tuesday reported that it diagnosed 685 new cases in a 24-hour period.

Israeli female soldiers walk in front of a tank at the end of their tank instructors course
Knesset MKs press IDF to open more roles for women

“The IDF should take another step and adopt the law to open all roles to all genders without compromising on set professional standards.”

Avihai Hollender
Musical rehab program for IDF soldiers suffering from PTSD facing closure

Between 10%-15% of injured soldiers suffer from PTSD, with about 4,000 people across Israel suffering from the condition.

IDF soldiers in tank incident claim to report malfunction in the past

The event ended without casualties, and only the tank's driver was lightly injured.

Report reignites controversy over night arrests of Palestinian minors

The IDF said that night arrests were carried out in place of daytime arrests to avoid village-wide struggles which could lead to far more casualties on both sides.

Netanyahu: Gantz most political defense minister ever

Lapid ultimatum to Gantz: Back dispersing Knesset next week

Defense Ministry cuts rental assistance for discharged lone soldiers

Lone soldiers by law are entitled to NIS 1,000 for 12 months following their discharge from the IDF – but the ministry says they no longer have the money.

IDF tank flips over while being loaded onto truck - watch

The tank began accelerating wildly onto the moving truck before flipping upside down, barely missing a nearby commander.

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